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Former board candidate guilty of DWI

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Former board candidate guilty of DWI (Sept. 3, 2015) Two-time Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidate Slobodan Trendic was found guilty of DWI following a June 20 incident involving vehicle and property damage. The court essentially merged two charges – driving while impaired by alcohol and negligent driving of a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner endangering property, life and person – and ordered Trendic to pay a $400 fine and court costs during a trial Wednesday in District Court in Snow Hill. He had faced 16 total charges, and pleaded not guilty to them all. Attorney Marc Zeve noted that Trendic was found not guilty of charges that he left the scene of the accident. “He didn’t agree that he left the scene of an accident and he didn’t,” Zeve said. “He was on his way back to put a note. He was doing the honest thing and the judge agreed.” Zeve said he was pleased with the outcome of the trial. “It’s an unfortunate thing, but we’re happy wit...
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Local Scout project covered more than 1,800 Berlin homes

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Sept. 3, 2015) Residents and visitors in Berlin have likely seen the handiwork of 15-year-old Boy Scout Cole Norman. Norman, along with his father and a handful of fellow Scouts, painted house numbers on the curbs outside nearly 2,000 homes in the community. A Scout since the age of 6, Norman hoped the numbers would help emergency responders find the correct addresses more easily. “I came up with the idea because I noticed our town needed it,” he said. “With emergency services, people’s lives depend on the time it takes to make it there. It could be a matter of seconds whether the person lives or dies and if the fire department has to look for street numbers, that could take away valuable time.” The project began in late 2013 and took more than a year to complete. Initially he hoped to paint numbers on a small section of homes, but when he approached the Town Council for approval, they convinced him to broaden the scope of his project. He sent flye...
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New Berlin gallery hosts successful opening reception

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

New Berlin gallery hosts successful opening reception (Sept. 3, 2015) The memory of the former Mid Atlantic Pain Medicine building, vacant for more than a year in downtown Berlin and sometimes referred to as an eyesore, is fading quickly. That’s because Foster and Lisa Schoch formally opened the doors to the revitalized space last Friday to reveal their Art in the Fields Gallery, which is filled with dozens of works from Andy Warhol’s renowned “Sunday B. Morning” series. Foster, who did much of renovation himself, poured Burley Oak beer outside during the opening reception, while Lisa welcomed guests and snapped photos inside the gallery, now essentially a two-room building with high ceilings and bright gallery lighting. Visitors at the opening were impressed by the transformation and expressed their excitement of what the gallery brings to Berlin. Among the enthusiasts was Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells, who was an instrumental figure in filling the vacant space. “When I first...
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‘Urban Alert’ signage urges caution through 113 in Berlin

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

‘Urban Alert’ signage urges caution through 113 in Berlin (Sept. 3, 2015) Highway safety improvements continue to move forward in Berlin, in large part because of the continuing efforts of the Pedestrian Safety Committee. This week the town announced the latest upgrade, new “Urban Alert” signs on U.S. Route 113. Since the committee was formed in late 2013, both immediate and long-term strategies have been implemented by the town, including a safety crosswalk at the intersection of Bay Street extended and Route 113, installed in May. Mayor Gee Williams said the latest addition had been in the works for more than a year. “Like everything else it had to be put in the budget, planned and their target date was this summer and that was met, and we’re just delighted,” he said. “I never thought of Berlin as an urban area, but if that’s what it takes to get people to slow down then I’ll call it whatever we have to.” Berlin Pedestrian Safety Committee Chairperson Patricia Dufendach said the i...
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For Diriker, planning meeting was minefield

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Sept. 3, 2015) Plenty of questions were asked last Thursday at the Ocean Pines Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting with Dr. Memo Diriker and some of them were not welcome. Diriker’s presence at the session followed a mid-August meeting when the committee agreed to reconsider the timeline on several components of its comprehensive plan and sought guidance from Diriker, head of the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network [BEACON] at Salisbury University. The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted in May to pay Diriker, and BEACON, $16,500 over two phases to help put together the plan meant to guide the community through the next decade-plus of projects. Thursday’s meeting, however, seemed to return to subjects already discussed.  “This is probably the third meeting where the same questions were being asked by sometimes the same people, sometimes new people coming on board,” Diriker said. OPA President Pat Renaud said at times the mee...
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Berlin stormwater projects expected to clear snags soon

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Sept. 3, 2015) At least one stormwater project included in Berlin’s current fiscal-year budget has hit a snag because of delays with an easement approval. Town officials say those delay is are temporary, and that resolutions could come within the next 30 days. Stormwater revenues and costs each increased 69 percent in Berlin’s fiscal year 2016 budget, in part because of nearly $2 million in endowments from the Department of Natural Resources, Housing and Urban Development and FEMA. Those grants were earmarked for major stormwater projects on Flower Street, Williams Street, and Nelson Street, Grice Street and Franklin Avenue. In May Water Resources/Public Works Director Jane Kreiter said some of those improvements were “98 percent complete” in the design phases, and that she expected bids to go out in August and for construction to start soon after that. Completion is expected during the 2016 fiscal year. She added that the improvements on Nelson, Grice a...
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Parks Commission Briefs

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

 (Sept. 3, 2015) The Berlin Parks Commission discussed the following items during a meeting at town hall on Sept. 1. Henry Park memorial The parks commission is working to set up a dedication for the new memorial commemorating Dr. William Henry that was placed last week in Henry Park. Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen, the staff liaison for the committee, is hoping to set something up with the local NAACP chapter and the Germantown School. No date was set. Pumpkin people Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells lobbied the commission to consider a “Pumpkin People” event for Stephen Decatur Park, similar to an event held in Chatham, Ma. The event invites residents to create sculpture art using pumpkins. Bohlen said the commission supported the idea, although it may not have time to fit the event into this year’s calendar. Little library Berlin resident Ellie Zollinger, 7, petitioned the commission to establish a Little Free Library at...
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Lupiwok presented National MS Society, Md. scholarship

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Lupiwok presented National MS Society, Md. scholarship (Sept. 3, 2015) Jennah Lupiwok of Berlin is this year’s winner of the 2015 National MS Society, Maryland Chapter Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship helps students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. Lupiwok’s mother, Mindy, a resident of Worcester County for the past 45 years, was diagnosed with MS in 2001. Lupiwok, her sister, Jessie, her mom and her dad, Mike, also participated in Walk MS 2015 in Salisbury. WCBI –Team Mindy raised $1,095 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, Lupiwok will attend the University of Maryland College Park in the fall. “This scholarship helps tremendously to pay for college tuition. My mom taught me that, regardless of our struggles, there is still so much to be grateful for,” she said. “She always makes the best of every situation and reminds me to be happy for what...
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Brown Box Theatre brings ‘Shrew’ to Berlin

Posted On: 9/3/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Brown Box Theatre brings ‘Shrew’ to Berlin (Sept. 3, 2015) Brown Box Theatre’s annual stopover in Worcester County starts this weekend, as the Boston-based company presents William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in Snow Hill, Berlin, Ocean City and Ocean Pines. Berlin native Kyler Taustin founded Brown Box in 2010 with the intention of bringing talent from the Boston area back to coastal Maryland to perform Shakespeare plays. This year, Taustin said he’s happy to present a comedy. “We usually go back and forth [between comedy and drama], so it’s exciting to offer a fun experience for everyone, while tackling a play that many consider to be troubling and sexist,” he said. As an added twist, Taustin said he’s cast nine women – and only one man – to underscore a central message of the play. “We think that will really highlight the misogynistic and chauvinistic nature of Petruchio, who is the lead character in the play, who is played by the one ...
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Delmarva Power customers could have help with bills

Posted On: 9/3/15
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(Sept. 3, 2015) Customers who are having difficulty paying their energy bills can find extra help over the next several months. The federal government offers energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is a block grant program, administered by the states, that assists low-income households – both homeowners and renters – with their energy bills. The application period is open now in Delaware and Maryland. There could be limited funds available, so customers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. “LIHEAP doesn’t pay anyone’s entire utility bill, but the financial assistance can help someone get through a crisis, a really cold winter or a dangerously hot summer,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power region vice president. Delmarva Power is partnering with community-based organizations and social service agencies throughout Delaware and Maryland to ensure that low-income and at-risk customers know about...
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